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Fall Festivities

Stephanie Lanier

Stephanie is the leader of The Lanier Property Group, an award-winning boutique real estate firm in Wilmington, North Carolina...

Stephanie is the leader of The Lanier Property Group, an award-winning boutique real estate firm in Wilmington, North Carolina...

Oct 25 7 minutes read

Are you looking for some fun activities to enjoy this spooktacular season? Here is a list of events happening around our area, for both kids and adults.  

Happy haunting! 🎃

Maze Craze and Fall Festival 

Galloway Farm in Hallsboro, NC 

October 11-November 23 

Friday: 5-9 pm 

Saturday: 11am-9 pm

Sunday 1-8 pm 


10th Annual Zombie Fest Block Party

Tickets: $18 in advance or $20 day of event 

Saturday, October 26 • 6 pm- 12 am 

The Satellite Bar 

Halloween Block Party in the South Front District of Downtown Wilmington! Featuring music by HILLBILLY HELLCATS, THE PHANTOM PLAYBOYS, DEADLY LOFI, and THE BEAU RIKKIS! We will also be hosting a $200 Costume Contest! “Live” Zombie Dance Cage! Horror Movies!


Paranormal Ghost Tours 

Paranormal Ghost Tours at Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC, features a chance to discover Spirits and haunts from 1850 to 1950 as they continue to hover around the historic manor house. Attendees will learn some history, review a scroll of the dead, and focus on a particular room or rooms for paranormal activity. Cameras and other paranormal equipment are permitted.

Friday & Saturday, October 25-26, from 6-10 pm

Tours on the hour @ 7 pm, 8 pm, & 9 pm

New Moon Tour Sunday, October 27, 7 pm, 8 pm, & 9 pm

All Hallows’ Eve (additional fee): Thursday, October 31, from 8-10 pm

Tours on the hour @ 8 pm & 9 pm

Poplar Grove Plantation 

Brews & Broomsticks Food Truck Bash

Gather on the front lawn of Poplar Grove for this October Food Truck Bash

Sunday, October 27, from 3-8 pm. 

Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted.

Fall Festival at Children’s Museum of Wilmington 

Saturday, November 2nd 

9 am -12 pm 

Crafts, face painting, treats, and a bounce house! 

Batty Battleship Halloween Blast 

October 29

5:30 - 8 pm 

Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash is spooktacular Halloween fun for the whole family. Kids can trick-or-treat aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and enjoy fun games, storytelling and a petting zoo. Parents, make sure to bring your camera and capture all the memories with your little ghouls and goblins!

Halloween Ghost Trolley  

October 25-26 and 30-31 from 6-9 pm

Tour the beautiful streets of historic downtown Wilmington by horse-drawn trolley and hear exciting ghost stories linked to the rich history. The Halloween Ghost Trolley is perfect for families, larger groups, seniors or those with mobility issues looking for a unique Halloween experience. After dark, it's sure to get spooky!

Haunted Pub Crawl 

Murder, mayhem, pure insanity! 

You'll need a pint, or three, while venturing through Wilmington's most haunted and intriguing establishments on this 2.5 hour Haunted Pub Crawl. From the disreputable obsession of the merry wench Gallus Meg, to the barbarous haunts of a notorious madman, these ales and tales will have you shaking in your boots. 

Tours take place Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Haunted Cotton Exchange Tour 

Learn the history and haunts of one of Wilmington's most paranormal locations!

In use since the Civil War, the Cotton Exchange was one of the largest cotton export companies in the 19th century. Today, it is home to 30 specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants - but things still go bump in the night. Tour up the stairs, down alleyways and through courtyards of the eight interconnected buildings and hear their haunting history. 

Don't forget to bring your camera, people are always capturing strange things on the Haunted Cotton Exchange Tour! 

Spooktacular Halloween Bash 

Dance the night away!

Things get spooky at SeaWitch Cafe and Tiki Bar during the Spooktacular Halloween Bash. Enjoy live music from The Cut and sip on Bewitching Beverages like a Green Goblin or Morgue-A-Rita. 

Individuals and couples can enter the costume contest with a cash prize. Get ready for a cover-free night of music, friends, and spooktacular fun! 

Oct. 26 from 8 p.m. - midnight.

227 Carolina Beach Ave North

Carolina Beach, NC 28428

In Memoriam: A Victorian Mourning 

Wilmington's exquisite Victorian-style Latimer House opens its doors this Halloween season with a tour based around the customs and rituals of death in the Victorian era. The Latimer House is no stranger to mourning, of the nine Latimer children, five passed away before the age of five. Experience the decor, clothing, burial practices and foods that were customary for Victorians when death visited their family.

Oct. 25-26 and Oct. 31. 

26 S Third Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

Halloween Night Masquerade Ball 

Mister Bartender presents our Halloween Night Masquerade Ball at WWAY Event Center in Magnolia Greens. 

Thursday, October 31st, doors open 6pm. 

Dinner provided by Chaney's Catering, Cash Bar featuring Mister Bartender specialty cocktails and entertainment by DJ Riz and Sherri So Veri.  Proceeds are being donated to Daretocare4children.com, a local charity of Leland. 

$35 advance tickets includes 2 drinks and dinner buffet

$250 VIP tables for 8, includes 2 wine bottles, shuttle service and dinner buffet

Halloween Sour Beer Smash

Live music by Beats & Coffee from 7-10pm
Pepe's Tacos 7-11pm
Costume Contest! Prizes will be given out to the best + most creative costumes around 9pm.


Thursday October 31  from  7-10 pm

Leland’s Trunk or Treat/Pumpkin Contest


This free event gives parents a fun, safe alternative to traditional trick or treating. Area businesses and community organizations participate in this event by decorating a vehicle and passing out goodies. This year’s Trunk or Treat event will feature an exciting new opportunity to get crafty with a pumpkin decorating/carving contest. Bring your decorated/carved pumpkin to the event and enter it to win one of our categories or best in show!

Oct. 28.  4pm - 6pm

Leland Municipal Park

102 Town Hall Drive, Leland

((Rain date: Oct. 29))

TORMENT Haunted Laser Tag 

Do you dare??? 

Jungle Rapids presents “TORMENT” haunted laser every Friday night. Join Jungle Rapids at 6:30pm for a night of zombies, nightmares, and terror, all while trying to beat your friends in a game of Laser Tag.

Spooktacular Trunk or Treat with Sun Coast Cruisers 

You will be stopping by classic show cars with trunks full of candy! 

Don’t forget to wear your costume, as there are trophies for the best Halloween costumes for both kids and adults. Not only that, but you can compete for the best decorated vehicle! 

This event is free for everyone and will take place on October 26 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Judging for best costumes and vehicle will start at 6:30 and awards will be presented to the winners at 7:00.

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